DFM PAT - Outsourcing and platforms
For some time now, The Platforum have been surveying the increasingly interdependent relationship between adviser firms and outsourcing partners, predominantly Discretionary Fund Managers (DFMs). Over the last year, platforms and other 3rd parties have acted as facilitators for outsourcing, providing access, tools and other services for advisers to link with DFMs, model portfolios and multi-manager solutions.
PAT walks you through some of the outsourcing services for advisers made available via platforms.
DFM PAT is intended to be a source of information to demystify the evolving relationships between advisers, DFMs, platforms and the end client
PAT is our foxy online Platform Analysis Tool. PAT includes user ratings and more: financial strength, momentum, price and functionality. She’s also opinionated – what are specific platforms good at and what sort of advisers do each suit.
- “Create My Leaderboard” – customised to you to assist in your platform due diligence and selection
- Sense-checking and guidance from The Platforum team
- Platform selection report – print out your shortlist to form a part of your due diligence documentation
- An annual subscription to PAT costs £299 +VAT. Click here to see more detail about our Platform Analysis Tool.
PAT spends her time talking to lots of IFAs – please click here to view her monthly escapades and leave your comments. She’d love you hear from you.
It's our insurance policyGeorge Chappell, Blackdog IFA
With the rise of platforms, and increasing due diligence requirements, there is more and more information for IFAs to process. Our free service for IFAs who register on the site shows how your peers rate the platforms they are using. What is service like? What about the website? And does the platform provide value for money? This is our User Leaderboard. Please have a look and add your review to the 1,700 reviews we have collected so far.
Ad Hoc Platform Consultancy
We have additionally conducted bespoke selection and due diligence projects for several adviser firms, from a small firm with 5 RIs to large networks and nationals. Please contact Emma for details.
We’re also talking to more adviser firms about implementation of an execution-only platform or adoption of a corporate platform (talk to Jeremy).
We like IFAs, we’re always interested in what’s going on and we are always happy to share an independent view and provide a steer. We don’t sell your contact details or try to convince platforms or fund managers to pay us for leads. We’ll give you a genuine, independent and expert view – please get in touch!
Over half of our 10,200 subscribers are registered IFAs and we have developed services specifically for you:
- User Leaderboard – how your IFA peers rate the platforms they are using
- PAT – our Platform Analysis Tool
- Regional events
The Platforum MD Holly Mackay talks about due diligence, platform selection and PAT in this short video clip.
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